Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday broke the record for the highest salary among players eligible for arbitration, reaching agreement on a one-year deal for $23 million, a source told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, confirming multiple reports.
Donaldson, 32, is a three-time All-Star and the 2015 AL MVP. He rebounded from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit .270 last season with 33 homers and 78 RBIs. He missed 49 games last season, largely due to a calf injury.
Donaldson, who will be eligible for free agency after the 2018 season, earned $17 million last year in the final season of a $28.65 million, two-year deal.
Since his debut in 2013, Donaldson ranks second in WAR among all position players, trailing only Mike Trout (43.8 to 36.2)
The Associated Press contributed to this report.